Dance show opens May 2

April 25, 2014

Emporia State University Theatre is at work on an exciting spring dance show entitled “The Studio,” which will be presented May 2 at 7:30pm in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre.

“The Studio is a dance narrative with light and dark magic themes,” said director and choreographer Lindy Bartruff. “It represents six weeks in the life of a busy, urban dance studio, which has been built over an 1820's yellow fever grave site.  It is a portal for lost souls.”

The performance features 11 performers playing multiple roles and includes 17 production numbers. The dance styles vary from contemporary to theatrical. The show includes three main story lines: The mysterious Bokor (Brandon Jensen, Junior, Salina and Landon Noll, Junior, Winchester), performance artists who rent rehearsal space, summer intensive auditions and the relationship of a dance couple who wish to marry at the studio (Justin Tinker, graduate student, Las Vegas and Stazi Rausch, Junior, El Dorado).  Other cast members include Alayne Weber (Freshman, Topeka), Evan Eisenbarth (Sophomore, Cassoday), Kylie Geiman (Junior, Louisburg), Rochele Watson (Junior, Oak Grove, MO), Ryan Scully (Senior, Winchester), Candy Cote (Freshman, Olathe) and Patti Edington (Freshman, Leavenworth).

The production is under the direction of Lindy Bartruff. Michael Abbot (Junior, Great Bend) is the stage manager. Aubrey Near (Senior, Independence) is the production manager. Costumes are coordinated by Susan Mai and Amanda Dura.  Mike Koetkemeyer (Senior, Salina) is the lighting designer. Nancy Pontius is the designer and properties manager.  Additional tech support is being provided by Doug Dion, Elizabeth Kennell, Samaria Fleig, Mark Warner and Lisa Prater.

The Studio is being presented for one night only on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 pm in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre. As a gift to the community, there is no admission charge. 

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